cookies city big band

hi there. sorry i have not posted in a while! i just got back from a pleasant trip to indonesia.. where i attended my grandma's 75th birthday parties. yes parties. one at night and one the next morning. we were partying all through the night yes ;)

ok. you'd think, grandma, eh. 75, eh? what did you guys do...? sit around looking at photo albums..? sippin some tea... NOPE. CHECK OUT THESE CAKES:

here's me with two.

big eh.

so yes. as you can see.. indonesian party cakes are IMMENSE! maybe that's another reason why i have loved baking since i was little.. and our family have always had awesome birthday cakes too! but maybe i'll save that for another blog post :)

anyways.. i've got two weeks left in chilly auckland before i leave for the even chillier paris. i have decided that the time i have left will be spent saying "a bientot" to friends.. with foods.

tonight i will be driving to the queen city big band rehearsal in epsom bearing fresh warm soft-centered chunky chocolate cookies! i have been a part of queen city for three years, playing the double bass at various swing gigs and concerts. the big band is comprised of twenty talented jazz instrumentalists and a few vocalists.. i was quite lost as to what to make them to say thank you.. then.. it occurred to me. who does not love cookies! especially in a cold winters evening :)

my new yorker sister tania is also around for a couple of weeks to hang out and be cooked for. she was kind enough to take pictures while i whisked about in the kitchen with sticky fingers. thanks tania :)

we start with some chopped up whittakers milk chocolate.
i prefer using chocolates from a bar than packeted chocolate
chips as they give chunkier pieces that actually
taste like real chocolate!

mix mix

mmm cookie dough..

i used an ice cream scoop for even cookies :)

cute eh.

into the oven they go..

check check them out!

man these are so good

they flatten a little bit, as the middle is left a little uncooked
for maximum chewiness!

oh man. so much butter. but so good. 


ok more posts soon. no more slacking off this time. see you buddies x


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